of Mechanical and Industrial Engineering
has twenty-nine full-time faculty members.
In addition to their teaching activities, the faculty are engaged
in a wide variety of research projects including manufacturing,
mechanical design, energy conservation, materials science, automation
and robotics, quality assurance, service systems engineering,
human factors engineering, and applications of artificial intelligence
to manufacturing. All faculty work with undergraduates.
The department offers the B.S. degrees in both Mechanical Engineering
(M.E.) and Industrial Engineering (I.E.), and has an honors option
for qualified students. In addition, the department has Ph.D.
and Master's programs in ME and I.E. and offers a Masters degree
in Manufacturing Engineering. There are approximately 350 undergraduate
and 170 graduate students in the Department. In addition to the
above programs offered on the Amherst Campus, the department offers
a Master's Degree in Engineering Management through the Video-Instruction
Mechanical engineers design, analyze, develop
and test engineering systems, such as power plants, jet aircraft,
prosthetic limbs and windmills, and the myriad components from
which they are comprised. Industrial engineers are concerned with
the design, installation, analysis and improvement of integrated
systems of people, material and equipment. Mechanical and industrial
engineers often collaborate in manufacturing engineering to insure
that a system of people and manufacturing equipment produce products
from a supply of materials and other resources.
Logistics coordination, quality control, simulation,
human factors and economics are all part of industrial engineering.
Often industrial engineers focus on enhancing the effectiveness
of technological and logistics systems by gathering, structuring
and managing information. Industrial engineers apply their knowledge
not only in industry but also in government, health care, transportation
and in many service industries.
Mechanical engineers are engaged in many facets
of product and system realization ranging from concept design
to production. Along with industrial engineers, they usually determine
what gets made and how. It is their task to integrate aspects
of mechanical engineering including design, energy, materials
and controls to deliver cost effective, quality products. Like
industrial engineers, mechanical engineers work in a wide variety
of industries and in many types of organizations. Both are employed
not only as engineering professionals but also as technical and
The College of Engineering
The College of Engineering at the University
of Massachusetts at Amherst offers B.S., M.S.and Ph.D. programs
in Chemical Engineering, Civil and Environmental Engineering,
Electrical and Computer Engineering, Industrial Engineering, and
Mechanical Engineering. Additionally, the College offers M.S.
degrees in environmental engineering and in manufacturing engineering.
The College has approximately 100 tenure-track faculty, 1,450
undergraduates, and 450 graduate students. The College is housed
in six buildings designed for instruction and research, attracting
more than $10 million in research funding to the College each
year. There are extensive laboratories and demonstration facilities,
including a state of the art Video Instructional Program to deliver
graduate instruction to working engineers.